Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective and proud. We feel a love like no other.
But being a parent can be hard, too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer 'advice' on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.
Since Giovanna and her husband, Tom Fletcher, have had their sons, Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and a happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.
This is not an audiobook about how to have the perfect family experience - Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us. Instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family.
In Happy Mum, Happy Baby, Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood, and in doing so she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.
©2017 Giovanna Fletcher (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton
Motherhood is such an isolating feeling sometimes. You wonder if you are the only one experiencing these challenges. Time after time Giovanna spoke of the same thoughts, feelings and experiences I have gone through since becoming a Mom. I feel like a have a new Mom friend after listening to this book!
Every young parents or parent to be should read this book. It was well stated full of humor dignity and maturity. I was amazed at how mature and realistic the author was about her life, her mother hood, and her body.
Absolutely wonderful!! What an inspiration to current and future mum's to embrace themselves and their children and all the squishy, messy, hilarious, adorable things that motherhood brings! Thank you Gi!
"Interesting book but very rushed when read aloud"
I wish that I read this book instead of listening to it. It is read aloud on too quickly and just sounds constantly frantic. This doesn't make for a very enjoyable listen as the content is interesting but the rushed nature takes away from it entirely.
This book is a saving grace in those moments which I am so tired from being up all night. It gives comic relief in the best way. I love it!
"First book of this kind for me."
Bloody fantastic. Honestly inspiring. Think it would be hard for anyone to come away without learning something from this. Highly recommend.
"Honest. Heartfelt. Real."
A beautiful story of a even more beautiful family. A truly inspirational mum who tells all, not only the ups but the honest downs as well.
"The Highs and Lows of parenthood. "
I really enjoyed this book.
An honest review of the Highs and Lows you face as a parent.
"good and honest"
easy read, nice honest account. she is refreshing in her views and clearly loves being a mum
As a new Mummy to be this book was just brilliant. I laughed, cried, learnt, took notes, shared and giggled through each chapter. It's left me feeling an even bigger love for my unborn child and a huge rush of excitement to finally meet him and be his mummy on the outside world. Such a raw and real book, one I'll always remember. Thank you!
Absolutely loved it, funny, emotional, but down to earth,had a few tears!
Finished it in 2 days!!
"Honest and entertaining parenting anecdotes"
Relatable, light-hearted, honest
Giovanna doesn't gloss over the tougher moments of parenting, and makes a point throughout of enjoying your children's childhoods, good and bad points - and that nobody gets it right all the time!
A very easy voice to listen to, reads her own words with vigour and humour, as well as some pathos in the moments that she found hard.
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My second child (a second boy) is due any day. I'm usually not one for parenting books, there is so much information out there that conflicts, you can feel like nothing you do is right. But I did like the idea of enjoying a light read (audio in this case, read by the author) about a woman's journey in motherhood, similar in age to me, with two boys.
Alright, I'm not married to a musician and writer, and I haven't (as yet anyway) written bestselling fiction, but I know Ms. Fletcher by reputation and knew I wasn't about to be preached at.
This made a really refreshing read to listen to just before giving birth. Giovanna has a very friendly and warm voice, full of energy and humour, and tells the anecdotes of her parenting life with vigour and a lot of honesty.
I'm not a reader of her fiction, or a particular fan of McFly/McBusted, so I came to this from the perspective of an interested fellow parent, ready for a giggle, happy to hear of the woes and wonders in the life of another mother.
This is full of both. I was very glad this didn't ever descend into a celebrity name-checking exercise, or memoir of a celebrity. While Ms Fletcher may not have the life or family of most of us, she really doesn't talk about experiences that aren't universal.
I liked the format - from the trials of trying to become pregnant, to the realities of pregnancy and labour (as well as its after-effects on a mum's body), she then takes us through her life as a first-time mum, her insecurities, failures and successes.
The milestones were familiar - what to choose with regards to feeding, how to wean, trips with a small child, toilet training, preparing for a second sibling, worrying about a post-pregnancy body. Giovanna is an entertaining storyteller, and I loved the 'rod for our own back' moments (some of which sounded familiar, some I've so far avoided... we'll see!).
The author manages to talk about her husband, father to both boys a little, though it's really the view of a mother she shares. Sometimes the detail of her sons' feeding and sleeping patterns felt a little too much, as every parent is apt to share at times, but on the whole, she does give a new parent (or one looking to feel comradeship) a full picture of the first few years of parenthood.
I laughed and felt nostalgic for my own 6 year old's early days, and started thinking about the journey I have ahead with my own Number Two.
One thing Giovanna has reminded me - not to worry about my own body over the next few months, and not to worry about other peoples' opinions of my parenting decisions. They are YOUR kids, yours to cuddle and love, cry over and make memories with. The author's love for her family comes through very clearly, and this is a celebration of her own parenting as well as a call for all mums and dads out there to enjoy their children and the good AND bad moments.
An Audible copy was provided by Nudge Books for my honest thoughts of the book.
"Lovely book by a lovely person."
I really like giovanna fletcher. we are the same age so that helps!
My little girl is 15 months, I suffered from terrible post natal depression and really struggled in the early days/months to the point I wished a car would hit me so I wouldn't have to take care of her anymore as I felt like everything I did was wrong.
Thankfully I got through it and like giovanna mentions social media can be a blessing and help you in those moments of loneliness and I have been an avid follower of giovanna since. It is refreshing to see someone talk so openly about their home life and I love that, I don't have any close friends with children so I have found the experience quite lonely so the internet and accounts like giovanna's have really helped me through those dark days.
Thank you for your honesty, I loved reading/listening to your story and hearing it in your own voice and the little laughs and the emotion. It made me feel the same way and remember all those feelings with my little girl too.
Like everyone says it may be a frustrating time but it is also the most precious time with unconditional love and it's an irreplaceable feeling. So yes once again thank you for your kind and honest account of parenthood. And the tips for dealing with potty training and moving beds! You've made me think having another one might not be that bad... 😊
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